2023 first 6 months 8% increase in global cyber attacks

Check Research (CPR), and its Threat Intelligence division Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., a provider of global cyber security solutions, has released its 2023 Interim Annual Security Report.


The report reveals an alarming 8% rise in global weekly cyberattacks in the second quarter, the biggest increase in two years, highlighting how attackers have deftly combined next-generation AI technologies with established tools such as USB devices to carry out devastating cyber attacks. The report also shows how ransomware attacks escalated in the first half of the year with new ransomware groups coming to the fore.

From triple extortion attack at the University of Manchester until the rise of the new group Anonymous Sudan which targets western organizations, the 2023 Mid-Year Security Report reveals the trends and behaviors that have defined the year so far.

Key insights from the Mid-Year Security Report 2023 include:

  • The teams Ransomware have stepped up their game, exploiting vulnerabilities in widely used enterprise software and shifting their approach from data encryption to data theft.
  • The devices USB have re-emerged as significant threats, as both government-linked groups and cybercriminals use USB drives as vectors for infecting organizations worldwide.
  • Hacktivism has been on the rise, with groups launching politically motivated attacks on selected targets.
  • The abuse of artificial intelligence has been strengthened, with artificial intelligence tools used to create phishing emails, keystroke-tracking malware and basic ransomware code, which calls for stricter regulatory measures.

In H1 2023, 48 ransomware groups have breached over 2.200 victims, with Lockbit3 being the most active, reporting a 20% increase in victims compared to H1 2022. νέων ομάδων όπως η Royal και η Play συνδέεται με τον τερματισμό των ομάδων Hive και Conti Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS). Όσον αφορά τη γεωγραφία, το 45% των θυμάτων βρίσκεται στις ΗΠΑ, με απροσδόκητη αύξηση στις ρωσικές οντότητες λόγω του νέου δράστη “MalasLocker”, ο οποίος υποκαθιστά τις απαιτήσεις λύτρων με φιλανθρωπικές δωρεές. Οι τομείς της μεταποίησης και του λιανικού εμπορίου έχουν τα περισσότερα θύματα, γεγονός που υποδηλώνει μια αλλαγή στη στρατηγική των ransomware.

“Criminal activity continued to increase in the first half of the year, with an 8% increase in global weekly cyber attacks in the second quarter marking the highest volume in two years. Familiar threats such as ransomware and hacktivism have further evolved, with threat groups modifying their methods and tools to infect and affect organizations around the world. Even older technology like USB storage devices, which have long been gathering dust in desk drawers, have gained popularity as malware messengers,” said Maya Horowitz, VP Research at Check Point Software.

“Organizations must build a cyber resilience strategy and strengthen their defenses by taking a comprehensive approach to cyber security with prevention as the priority. Cyber ​​attacks are inevitable, but they can be largely prevented with preventative measures and the right security technologies.”

The Interim Annual Security Report 2023 provides a comprehensive view of the cyber threat landscape. The findings are based on data drawn from the Check Point ThreatCloud Cyber-Threat Map, which examines the key tactics used by cybercriminals to carry out their attacks.

A full copy of the report is available here: https://pages.checkpoint.com/2023-mid-year-cyber-security-report.html

Aattack Ransomware attacks in numbers for the first half of 2023:

Country Average attacks per organization in 2023 Change on an annual basis
Denmark 1269 66%
poland 1108 30%
New Zealand 1230 26%
Argentina 2026 21%
India 2152 20%
United Kingdom 866 19%
Czechia 1652 11%
United States 967 10%
Taiwan 3245 10%
Portugal 1095 9%
Colombia 2512 7%
Switzerland 855 7%
Japan 1119 6%
Chile 1265 5%
Austria 1015 3%
Brazil 1595 1%
Germany 858 -1%
Italy 1244 -3%
Belgium 901 -5%
Sweden 907 -6%
Mexico 1656 -8%
Spain 1208 -8%
Finland 1100 -10%
Australia 843 -11%
China 1651 -11%
Singapore 1291 -17%
Netherlands 598 -18%
Canada 743 -18%
France 685 -22%

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